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'Freedom Convoy' protester slapped with 30 traffic-related charges, handful of others handed out

Ottawa police said one driver was charged for driving while criminally prohibited and their vehicle was impounded for 45 days.
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Ottawa Police Service cruiser. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters

Ottawa police have laid another pile of traffic-related charges in the ongoing saga that is Ottawa's "Freedom Convoy" protest, with one man racking up 30 charges alone.

In a statement to media on Thursday, February 3, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) said eight charges have been given out in traffic-related offences.

They include unnecessary noise (horn honking), one for transporting dangerous goods (unsecured fuel cans), one for improper muffler, four for disobeying signs, two for driving the wrong way in one-way traffic, one unsafe lane change, one for distracted driving, six for speeding, one for running a stop sign and five document offences.

One driver was also charged for driving while criminally prohibited and their vehicle was impounded for 45 days.

Police said that its Traffic Enforcement Unit continues to actively patrol downtown residential neighbourhoods to address traffic-related issued, and that will go on throughout the week and weekend.

Officers will be seen in neighbourhoods like Centretown, Sandy Hill, the Glebe and the ByWard Market and Lowertown areas.

Police have also deployed cruisers with automatic license plate readers technology.

The technology is a device that helps police ensure road safety by identifying a variety of Highway Traffic Act infractions, including stolen licence plate and suspended or unlicensed drivers.

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